The first rule of democracy is: no one is ever held responsible for anything.
The second rule of democracy is: no one is ever held responsible for anything.
The third rule of democracy is: take drugs and die.
A French drug maker has been found guilty of aggravated deceit and involuntary manslaughter over a weight loss pill at the centre of a major health scandal.
The drug Mediator was developed for use in overweight diabetics and was on the market for 33 years.
It was eventually withdrawn in 2009 over concerns it could cause serious heart problems.
Hundreds of people are believed to have died as a result of the drug.
Around five million people were prescribed the medicine over the course of three decades, despite various warnings over its side effects.
Thousands of plaintiffs were involved in the trial, which began in 2019.
Drug maker Servier had denied any knowledge of Mediator’s side effects but a court on Monday issued it with a fine of €2.7m (£2.3m, $3.2m).
“Although they knew about the risks for many years… they never took the necessary measures,” judge Sylvie Daunis said.
The company’s former deputy chairman, Jean-Philippe Seta, was also given a four-year suspended prison sentence.
This company had a revenue of over 4 billion euros in 2018, and presumably made even more last year because of the flu that’s killed all of us multiple times so far.
This was not just a couple of deaths.
One study concluded that 500 deaths could be linked to Mediator between 1976 and 2009. A second one put the figure at 2,000.
The company basically murdered those people, and no one goes to jail.
Sending rich and powerful people to jail is not a value of democracy. Because democracy is about freedom. So no one goes to jail except people who do a Holocaust of Jews.
Or people who ask questions about a Holocaust of Jews.
But other than that, as long as you wear your mask and don’t commit hugging offenses, you can’t go to jail.